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To Each His Own(1946)

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The foreword to the film states: "The most mysterious mysteries are people, and usually people who don't seem mysterious at all. Take Miss Norris, for instance. Here she is, a middle-aged American woman, walking down a London street on a blacked-out New Year's Eve...." This film marked the motion picture debut of stage actor John Lund and the American film debut of British actor Roland Culver. Hollywood Reporter news items list Frank Craven, Jean Sullivan and Ralph Dunn in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Alma Macrorie, the film's editor, also appeared in the picture. The New York Times review of the film states: "Olivia de Havilland...may now take her exalted place alongside Helen Hayes, Ruth Chatterton and Bette Davis as a tragic heroine who loved unwisely and suffered terrible consequences with heroic fortitude."
       According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the the AMPAS Library, the PCA did object to the film's "happy ending" of Griggsy meeting his mother, stating that it was unacceptable under the Code formula for dealing with stories of illicit sex and illegitimacy. Producer/writer Charles Brackett met with representatives of the PCA in May 1945 to negotiate the film's ending and insisted that he needed the recognition scene at the end. He did agree, however, to write an alternate scene in which the recognition between mother and son would be merely a fleeting one and not a complete reunion, but it was not used. Brackett also agreed to rewrite some of the sequences just before and after the birth of the child to strengthen the "compensating moral values" required by the Production Code, and to avoid "minimizing the importance of Jody's sin." The expression "bastard" and any suggestion or reference to abortion were forbidden under the Code.
       In an article in Saturday Evening Post entitled "The Role I Liked Best," Olivia de Havilland stated that Brackett stalled production on this film for a year until she won her court battle to be released from her contract at Warner Bros. studio and agreed to Mitchell Leisen as her choice of director. For additional information on De Havilland's contract dispute, see entries above for The Well Groomed Bride, Government Girl and Princess O'Rourke. De Havilland won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the film, and Charles Brackett was nominated for Writing (Original Story). A title song, written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for exploitation purposes, was not used in the released film but became one of the biggest hits of the year. Olivia De Havilland, Griff Barnett and John Lund reprised their roles in a January 2, 1950 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast. Dorothy McGuire and Gene Barry starred in a August 26, 1954 Lux Video Theatre presentation of the story.